Comparative Analysis Between Emma and Clueless Essay

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Texts can be re-contextualised and manipulated in order to be relevant to a modern day society. However, the transformation is usually apparent and thus a link can be established between the original and the new. The transformation can give the audience a better understanding of societal values and attitudes present in the texts. Jane Austen's book Emma(1816), relevant to society in Regency England, is relived in a modern day context relevant to the 20th century American society in Amy Heckerling's “teen flick” Clueless(1995). Social status plays a crucial part in both texts. “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition...”(pg.1,chap.1) lived in nineteenth century Regency England, where…show more content…
The fact that the letter showed “delicacy of feeling” is yet another eye opener for Emma. Could the lower class be capable of feeling? Could it be true that a 'crude' farmer such as Mr. Martin could actually have feelings of such a delicacy and not be part of the gentry? Emma first dismisses the fact that he even wrote the letter: “'so good a letter...that everything considered, I think one of his sisters must have helped him. I can hardly imagine the young man whom I saw talking with you the other day could express himself so well, if left quiet to his own powers...”(pg. 50) and yet she comes to the realisation that the letter is not written in “...the style of a woman.”(pg 50). Thus Emma comes to the conclusion that he may “...have a natural talent for... his thoughts naturally...”(pg. 50) finding the proper words to put into a letter. Emma urges Harriet not to write back a favourable letter “You need to be prompted to write with the appearance of sorrow for his disappointment.”(pg. 50) “It would have grieved me to lose your acquaintance, which must have been the consequence of your marrying Mr. Martin.”(pg. 52.) This statement further reinforces the strict social rules that one applied to in Regency England. Harriet would have sunk

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